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Find out about BPA's Unsung Hero', Epidavros Yoga Center & Day Spa's expansion Gresham, and Sunburst Play Cafe in Troutdale

COURTESY PHOTO: BPA  - Elliot Mainzer of Bonneville Power Administration presented Fairview resident Tina Horsey with its Unsung Hero Award at the agencys 2019 Administrators Excellence Awards.

Fairview resident named BPA's 'Unsung Hero'

The Bonneville Power Administration recently presented Fairview resident Tina Horsey with its "Unsung Hero Award" as part of the agency's 2019 Administrator's Excellence Awards program.

The annual event honors employees and members of the public whose "innovation, initiative, superior service or courageous acts have made exceptional contributions to BPA's mission, the electric utility industry or the local community," the company said in an announcement.

Horsey, an environmental program and project specialist in BPA's Pollution Prevention and Abatement office, is "committed to providing efficient and responsive service and going the extra mile to deliver value for BPA's ratepayers. (Horsey) has had a hand in almost every successful pollution prevention and abatement project at BPA for more than a dozen years," the announcement said.

BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer presented the awards on April 17 at BPA's Portland headquarters.

"These individuals are truly making a difference for the people of the Northwest," Mainzer said. "They work tirelessly in support of BPA's strategic goals, making our agency more competitive and responsive to customer needs."

Epidavros Yoga plans expansion to downtown Gresham location

Epidavros Yoga Center & Day Spa at 223 Powell Blvd., plans to expand this summer into a second location at 31 N.E. Third St. in downtown Gresham.

Owner Tara McGuire, who opened the facility in September 2011, said the larger, approximately 2,000-square-foot storefront space will accommodate more clients and wellness offerings including hot yoga.

"It was in our plans from the beginning to open a second location," she said. "The existing building is not easy to expand into a larger studio."

McGuire has not set a specific opening date, but is busy lining up contractors to flesh out the shell of space on Third Street. Work is expected to be completed sometime this summer.

Epidavros expects to expand its pool of independent-contractor instructors from 20 to about 30.

"We will really be able to offer hot yoga well," she said, noting the studio will be open seven days a week and include locker room facilities. "We will move the more popular classes (to Third Street) and offer a variety of class types."

Visit Epidavros at www.epidavrosonline.com

Play Cafe celebrates one year of business

After a year of business, Sunburst Play Cafe owner Shannon Warner is pleased to say the kids — and their parents — are still coming in to the whimsical Troutdale Marketplace oasis to take a break from the real world and blow off some steam.

The indoor children's play space opened in April 2018 at 26950 S.E. Stark St., providing an inflatable double slide, obstacle course, two-sided rock wall, and toys like large waffle blocks, and other activities. Parents can play along or relax in the cafe, which offers breakfast foods, pizza, hot dogs, fruit, drinks and snacks.

"We get a lot of regulars," she said. "It was a slow start ... but we're getting there," said Warner, who has a degree in Special Education.

Cost for "all day play" is $3.25 for "crawlers," $5.50 for toddlers, and $8 for kids ages 3 and older.

Sunburst's current hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1-7 p.m. Sunday.

Check the website at www.sunburstplaycafe.com for modified summer hours starting sometime in June.

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